Passion is a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, compelling feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something. Passion is a strong amorous feeling or desire; pass is love. Passion is an outburst expressing intense emotion. However, passion to Gabby Scampone comes in the form of animals.
Society defines a hero as a person admired for his or her brave deeds. Heroes typically receive a lot of publicity for their contributions to society, but this is not always the case. Ordinary people also contribute to society greatly, without receiving the recognition they deserve. Gabby Scampone is one of these unrecognized heroes, fighting for the rights of animals.
“I was born with a passion for animals and ever since I can remember it has become stronger.” Gabby Scampone’s childhood was consumed by her strong feelings towards animals. When she was in eighth grade, she began volunteering at the Nature Center, which she continued for the next three years. At the Nature Center, Gabby was able to interact with many different animals by cleaning their cages, bathing them, grooming them, feeding them, and providing love and care. Knowing farm animals get slaughtered, Gabby and a group of workers saved a billy goat’s life by rescuing it and bringing it into the Nature Center. From her first save, her connections with animals grew even stronger.
As a teen, you need to become independent, self-directed and financially comfortable in order to do things without your parents’ help. For Gabby to fulfill her needs, she applied to Pet Land. Knowing that she would be able to not only make money, but most importantly help animals, she took it as a great opportunity. At her job, she cares for the animals, helps them find a home and educates the public about how to best treat whichever animal they purchase. “Knowing that I’m able to influence a person in saving an animal’s life means a lot to me.” No matter how small or big the animal is Gabby is willing to do whatever it takes to make its life better. She firmly believes in animal rights and will do anything to be their strongest advocate; she even avoids fashion’s latest trends.
Fur coats, UGG boats, and leather jackets play a huge role in the fashion world. Although many people do not view this type of animal use as unethical, Gabby does. “Don’t get me wrong, fur clothing is beautiful, but I care more about the animals and their life than I do about my fashion sense.” Gabby believes that animals deserve the same humane treatment that humans get. She constantly reminds people about the form of abuse that takes place during this process and makes sure she educates as many people as she can.
“Animals can’t stand up for themselves, so people have to protect them, they rely on them.” Gabby sees animal abuse as a chief issue and feels that the only way to protect them is to advocate for them. Since animals cannot speak up for themselves, Gabby gives them a voice. People should put themselves in the animal’s shoes and then ask themselves: “Would I like it if someone left me out in the cold and didn’t feed me?” The compassion visible here will continue to follow Gabby throughout life.
Just a few days ago, Gabby rescued a liter of six kittens. She wasn’t able to keep any since her father is highly allergic to them, so she decided to give them away. The last thing she wanted to do was give them to the shelter, so she found responsible homes for each one. She’s placed her faith in me that I too will be an animal lover.
Because of Gabby’s strong feelings towards animals, she’s decided she will enter the field of veterinary practice after high school. All the times where Gabby gave up her free time to take care of animals makes her who she is today: an unsung hero. When asked if she viewed herself as a hero, Gabby replied “Not really because this is what normal for me; I’ve been doing this for so long.” Even though Gabby herself does not recognize her heroism, the rest of the Westlake community considers her to be one.